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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Florian Schmitt, Tanja Hinum (translated by Alex Alderson), 06/27/2018

Red and affordable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 not only convinces with its affordable price but also its dual-camera, its metal case and its capable SoC. Find out in this review whether the Redmi Note 5’s performance is as impressive as its price.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi smartphones are becoming increasingly more popular in Europe, particularly the Redmi series. Redmi devices have always combined good quality at a reasonable price. The Note 5 is a phablet with a 5.99-inch display, a mid-range SoC, fast Wi-Fi and a dual-camera all for under €240 (~$277).

For reference, our review unit is the M1803E7SG. This is also known as the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera. It is neither the Redmi 5 Plus, which is listed as the Redmi Note 5 on Xiaomi's Mi website, nor is it the Redmi Note 5 Pro either. All three devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, but they feature different camera hardware and memory options among other differences. 

We have chosen to compare the Note 5 against the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, the Huawei Y7 2018, the Maze Alpha X and the Honor 7X. Find out in this review how the Note 5 compares with similarly priced competitors and whether it continues the Redmi series ethos.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Redmi Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.99 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass, Fingerprint sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (Band 1/3/7/8/20/38/40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.05 x 158.5 x 75.45 ( = 0.32 x 6.24 x 2.97 in)
Battery
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.9, 1.12µm Phase detection AF (dual-pixel), dual LED flash, videos in up to 1080p at 30 FPS. Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.25µm, depth of field (DOF)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix 13 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, LED flash, videos in up to 1080p at 30 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker on the underside of the device, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, USB Type-A to Micro USB cable, Quick charger, SIM tool, protective cover, MIUI 9, MI remote, Cleaner, Mi Video, 24 Months Warranty, LTE: 600 Mbps (Download); 150 Mbps (Upload). SAR values: 1.03 W/kg (head); 0.79 W/kg (body). FM radio., fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 61 g ( = 2.15 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
239 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Note 5 is available in Lake Blue, Black, Gold and Rose Gold. Our test device is the Rose Gold variant, which has a white front. The Note 5 has a metal case, which proved to be stable during our tests. Our test device did not react to pressure applied to the back of the case, while light pressure on the display causes slight waves in the LCD. Our test device withstood our attempts to bend and twist it, with hardly any creaks or cracking noises when doing so.

The design is not exceptional, but it is stylish. The metal back is sandwiched between color matching plastic areas designed to improve the reception quality. The display is flush with the case but for a slight edge. This is deliberate though and is a relatively smooth edge. The Note 5 weighs 180 g (~6.3 oz) and measures 158.5 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm (~6.2 x ~3 x ~0.32 in). This weight and dimension help the device to feel good in the hand. The rear-facing camera array protrudes slightly from the case, so the Note 5 is slightly unstable on flat surfaces.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Our test device has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. There is also a 64 GB/4 GB option, which we would recommend over our test device as they are currently equally priced online. The Note 5 is a Dual-SIM device and supports microSD cards up to 256 GB. MicroSD cards can only be formatted as external storage, which means that app data can only be stored on the 32 GB of internal storage. Incidentally, the card tray has only two slots, so you can either use two nano-SIMs or one SIM and a microSD card.

The Note 5 features an FM radio, Bluetooth 5.0 and a fingerprint sensor. There is even an IR remote that can be used as a remote control. Unfortunately, there is only a microUSB port instead of a USB Type-C port. The microUSB port is only USB 2.0, albeit this supports USB OTG.

Right-hand side: Power button, volume rocker
Right-hand side: Power button, volume rocker
Left-hand side: Card tray
Left-hand side: Card tray
Underside: 3.5 mm jack, Microphone, Micro USB port, Speaker
Underside: 3.5 mm jack, Microphone, Micro USB port, Speaker
Bottom side: Infrared sensor, Microphone
Bottom side: Infrared sensor, Microphone

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Software

The Note 5 ships with Android Oreo 8.1, which has been customized with Xiaomi’s MIUI. Our test device is running MIUI Global 9.5 and Android security patch level March 1st  2018, which was about six weeks old at the time of writing. MIUI looks different than the UI on many other Android smartphones, with Xiaomi implementing numerous changes from stock Android. MIUI should not take Android users too much time to adapt though. Frustratingly, we could not change the screen timeout as the button to confirm the change is missing. Equally frustrating is the energy-saving features, which are overly restrictive. Runtastic, for example, ran correctly only after changing numerous settings.

The Note 5 comes with many additional apps, most of which are by Xiaomi. Fortunately, there is little bloatware except for one social network app. 

Default home screen
Default home screen
Settings
Settings
Device Information
Device Information
App list – there is no app drawer by default.
App list – there is no app drawer by default.

Communication & GPS

The Note 5 is equipped with fast IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, which is rare for a €240 (~$277) device and one that will make many users happy. While the Note 5 cannot match the Motorola G6 Plus in terms of Wi-Fi performance, the Note 5 is faster than all our other comparison devices. We calculated this performance using our Linksys EA8500 reference router. Our test device loaded websites quickly when we were close to the router, but we did have to wait for some images to load. The Note 5 still had full Wi-Fi reception when we took the device around ten meters (~33 ft) away from the router with three walls between the two devices. Websites loaded just as fast as they do when we tested the Note 5 with it close to our reference router.

The Note 5 supports seven LTE bands, which is rather paltry in comparison to other devices. In practice, this means that you may struggle with connecting to an LTE network in more exotic countries. Our test device had good mobile network reception on the German D2 network. We still had good reception even in buildings in built-up areas.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
310 MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
268 MBit/s ∼86%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=307)
211 MBit/s ∼68% -21%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
82.8 MBit/s ∼27% -69%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
55 MBit/s ∼18% -79%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.4 MBit/s ∼15% -83%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
311 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
273 MBit/s ∼88%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=307)
207 MBit/s ∼67% -24%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
95.1 MBit/s ∼31% -65%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56.9 MBit/s ∼18% -79%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47 MBit/s ∼15% -83%
GPS test: indoors
GPS test: indoors
GPS test: at a window
GPS test: at a window
GPS test: outdoors
GPS test: outdoors

The Note 5 struggled to locate us when indoors. Although there is a satellite signal, it cannot locate us. Things improved when we moved to a window, where the Note 5 located us to an accuracy of nine meters (~30 ft). Location accuracy drastically improves outdoors though, with our test device being accurate to three meters (~10 ft). This is an impressive location accuracy given the Note 5’s price. The Note 5 has a compass, which quickly indicates our direction in Google Maps.

We took the Note 5 on a bike ride to test its location accuracy against a professional navigation device, the Garmin Edge 520. Our test device performed well, but it is far more inaccurate than the Garmin. The Note 5 deviated by 120 m (~394 ft) from the Garmin, which represents a 97.8% accuracy compared to the professional navigation device. The Huawei Y7 (2018) has better location accuracy than the Note 5, but the latter should be suitable for all general navigation tasks.

GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Wooded area
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Wooded area
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - Overview
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - Overview
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Wooded area
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Wooded area
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Bridge
GPS test: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Bridge

Phone Functions & Call Quality

The Note 5 uses Xiaomi’s phone app, which is much like Google’s standard phone app. Launching the app brings up the keypad and a list of recent calls. There is a small search window in which you can search directly for contacts. Alternatively, you bring up your contact list by clicking the contacts tab. The phone app has numerous settings such as a phone number blacklist and call recording among other features.

The Note 5 has good call quality. Our call partner sounded clear and without any background noise. Our test device reproduced our voice well, but the microphone distorted if we spoke too loudly. The opposite is true over the speakerphone, where the microphone struggled to pick out our voice if we spoke softly. Our counterpart is still easy to understand, albeit there is some mild background noise during quieter moments.

Cameras

Example photograph using the front-facing camera
Example photograph using the front-facing camera

The Note 5 has dual rear-facing cameras, one 12 MP and one 5 MP. The secondary camera is only used to help create depth of field bokeh effect photographs and it cannot be used as a standalone camera. Photos taken with the main camera have fewer details than those taken with more premium smartphones, with some areas coming out particularly muddy and lacking definition. Our test device gets the exposure right in dark areas in good lighting and there is even some detail in very bright areas. Low-light performance is surprisingly good, but there is a clear blue tint to the photos. The Apple iPhone X captures night shots more accurately, but the latter costs practically five times as much as the Note 5. Overall, the Note 5 has an impressive rear-facing camera array given its price.

The main camera can record videos in up to 1080p at 30 FPS. The video quality is passable, although bright areas are often underexposed, while dark areas lack detail. Recordings are sharp though. There is a 120 FPS slow motion feature, which is recorded at 720p.

The Note 5 has a 13 MP front-facing camera, which in theory could make the Note 5 a selfie star. While the Note 5 does well for a more affordable device, it does not come close to more premium smartphones. Dark areas are exposed well, but bright areas often dominate a photograph. Sharpness is rather average too, but the front-facing camera reproduces colors well.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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The Note 5 does not fare much better under controlled lighting conditions either. Sharpness is passable, with our test device reproducing text against a colored background well. Transitions between colors appear pixelated, but this is still ok for a device at this price. Generally, images are overly dark, particularly color reproduction.

Photograph of our test chart
Photograph of our test chart
Our test chart in detail
Our test chart in detail
ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each area of color
ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each area of color

Accessories & Warranty

The Note 5 comes with a quick charger, a USB cable, a SIM tool and a protective cover. Xiaomi does not offer any dedicated accessories on its website.

The Note 5 does not come with a manufacturer’s warranty in Europe seeing as Xiaomi are a Chinese company. You will get twenty-four months warranty if you buy through an EU supplier though.

Input Devices & Operation

Xiaomi has installed Google GBoard as the Note 5’s default keyboard. Other keyboards are available from the Google Play Store.

The Note 5 has a touchscreen that has a slick, smooth surface. Touch inputs are precise even at the corners and at the edges of the display. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device that quickly and reliably unlocks our test device. The fingerprint sensor does not have any special gestures or configurable commands like we have seen on other devices, such as the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. There is a software-based quick ball which displays selected links when you click on them. This feature is less functional than using the standard on-screen navigation buttons though. Whereas opening a link with the quick ball takes a total of two clicks, using the standard navigation buttons takes just one click. A supplementary input method should increase functionality and ease of use in our opinion, rather than further complicate matters.

The hardware buttons can be found on the right-hand side of the case. These feel premium, are easy to use and have a clear pressure point.

The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in landscape mode
The keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Note 5 has a 5.99-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio. The display has a 2,160x1,080 native resolution, which results in a pixel density of 403 PPI. Our test device has an impressively bright display, which averaged 532.2 cd/m² using X-Rite i1Pro 2. Only the Motorola Moto G6 Plus has a brighter display of our comparison devices, with the Honor 7X scoring just slightly lower than the Note 5. The Moto G6 Plus is an outlier in this respect though with its 723 cd/m² average maximum luminosity. This is incredibly bright for a device at this price. The Note 5 has 94% display uniformity too, which is at least 4% better than the best of our comparison devices. In practical terms, this means that the large areas of color look uniformly bright. It is worth pointing out that we achieved this level of luminosity with the device on charge and with the brightness sensor turned off. Measuring our test device either on battery or with the brightness sensor turned on results in a lower average maximum brightness value.

541
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
547
cd/m²
537
cd/m²
518
cd/m²
528
cd/m²
539
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
546
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 547 cd/m² Average: 532.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 448 cd/m²
Contrast: 2252:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.66 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.269
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Maze Alpha X
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.9
Huawei Honor 7X
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.93
Huawei Y7 2018
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
Screen
-70%
1%
5%
-9%
Brightness middle
518
497
-4%
761
47%
533.2
3%
393
-24%
Brightness
532
478
-10%
723
36%
511
-4%
365
-31%
Brightness Distribution
94
87
-7%
90
-4%
88
-6%
85
-10%
Black Level *
0.23
0.6
-161%
0.69
-200%
0.35
-52%
0.29
-26%
Contrast
2252
828
-63%
1103
-51%
1523
-32%
1355
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.66
11.6
-105%
2.4
58%
2.83
50%
5.28
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.32
22.1
-114%
5.2
50%
6.72
35%
9
13%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.8
13.5
-99%
1.8
74%
3.7
46%
4.2
38%
Gamma
2.269 97%
2.93 75%
2.21 100%
1.9 116%
2.6 85%
CCT
8564 76%
9955 65%
6312 103%
6918 94%
7086 92%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2358 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2358 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2358 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The Note 5 has a 0.23 cd/m² black value that is both notably good and significantly better than our comparison devices. This low black value helps our test device achieve a laudable 2,252:1 contrast ratio that is leagues ahead of our comparison devices. This helps make colors pop and gives black tones a rich quality to them.

We subjected our test device to our spectrophotometer and CalMAN software to get a more detailed look at the display. The results highlight a significant blue tint to the display, which results in light blue and orange tones looking noticeably different than the sRGB reference color. The color space coverage is good overall, but the blue tint is one downside.

Unfortunately, the Note 5 uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate luminosity at and below 20% brightness. We notice a flicker to the display when the brightness is at this level, which we measured at 2,358 Hz. This frequency should be high enough for those who are PWM sensitive not to feel any ill effects, although this cannot be guaranteed.

CalMAN: Color accuracy
CalMAN: Color accuracy
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Color space
CalMAN: Color space
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 83 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The Note 5 has a relatively bright display, which helps when using the device outdoors. We could still see screen content with brightness set to maximum if we were not in too bright an area. The display has a glossy finish though, so reflections cannot be avoided.

The Note 5 has an IPS display, which helps to give the device strong viewing angles. There are slight brightness and color shifts at acute viewing angles, but these are picked up more by the camera than they are noticeable by the naked eye.

Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – minimum brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – minimum brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – medium brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – medium brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – maximum brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – maximum brightness
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – maximum brightness with the brightness sensor enabled
Using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 outside – maximum brightness with the brightness sensor enabled
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Note 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, a mid-range SoC that Qualcomm announced late last year. The Snapdragon 636 has an octa-core Kyro 260 CPU that clocks up to 1.8 GHz. The Snapdragon 636 is a significant improvement on its predecessor, the Snapdragon 630 that powers the Moto G6 Plus. The Snapdragon 636 helps the Note 5 to typically perform around 20% faster than the G6 Plus in benchmarks. Equally, the Note 5 feels snappy in practice, with our test device not slowing down even when we have numerous programs open in the background.

The Snapdragon 636 integrates a Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU that supports DirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 and Direct3D 12. This support for modern graphics APIs should ensure that the Note 5 is future proofed at least in terms of graphics. While the Note 5 has faster GPU performance than our comparison devices too, the gap is not as great as in our CPU tests.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
92672 Points ∼94%
Maze Alpha X
63989 Points ∼65% -31%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
71635 Points ∼73% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
62810 Points ∼64% -32%
Huawei Y7 2018
45687 Points ∼46% -51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (92672 - 125213, n=9)
98722 Points ∼100% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=390)
76481 Points ∼77% -17%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
115654 Points ∼97%
Maze Alpha X
73822 Points ∼62% -36%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
90347 Points ∼76% -22%
Huawei Honor 7X
81992 Points ∼69% -29%
Huawei Y7 2018
59421 Points ∼50% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (115565 - 138661, n=9)
119151 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼99% +2%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
5642 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼67% -33%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
4875 Points ∼86% -14%
Huawei Honor 7X
4859 Points ∼86% -14%
Huawei Y7 2018
3874 Points ∼69% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5611 - 6068, n=9)
5101 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=256)
4551 Points ∼81% -19%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
4562 Points ∼71%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
5712 Points ∼89%
Huawei Honor 7X
6213 Points ∼97%
Huawei Y7 2018
4918 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (6040 - 6999, n=8)
6422 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼77%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
924 Points ∼88%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
925 Points ∼88%
Huawei Honor 7X
724 Points ∼69%
Huawei Y7 2018
673 Points ∼64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1018 - 1088, n=8)
1055 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼66%
Graphics (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
1122 Points ∼65%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1523 Points ∼88%
Huawei Honor 7X
845 Points ∼49%
Huawei Y7 2018
739 Points ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1590 - 1625, n=8)
1604 Points ∼92%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼100%
Memory (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
1294 Points ∼63%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1213 Points ∼59%
Huawei Honor 7X
1788 Points ∼88%
Huawei Y7 2018
1144 Points ∼56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1461 - 2492, n=8)
2040 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼61%
System (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
3064 Points ∼67%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
3249 Points ∼71%
Huawei Honor 7X
2899 Points ∼63%
Huawei Y7 2018
1906 Points ∼41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4320 - 5348, n=8)
4594 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼55%
Overall (sort by value)
Maze Alpha X
1424 Points ∼72%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1535 Points ∼77%
Huawei Honor 7X
1334 Points ∼67%
Huawei Y7 2018
1020 Points ∼51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1847 - 2156, n=8)
1991 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼63%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4578 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
2726 Points ∼60% -40%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
3763 Points ∼82% -18%
Huawei Honor 7X
2772 Points ∼61% -39%
Huawei Y7 2018
2133 Points ∼47% -53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4309 - 5041, n=9)
4555 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼99% -1%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4943 Points ∼99%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼76% -23%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
4011 Points ∼81% -19%
Huawei Honor 7X
3342 Points ∼67% -32%
Huawei Y7 2018
2889 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4781 - 5426, n=9)
4974 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼87% -13%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1339 Points ∼99%
Maze Alpha X
833 Points ∼62% -38%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
822 Points ∼61% -39%
Huawei Honor 7X
869 Points ∼64% -35%
Huawei Y7 2018
676 Points ∼50% -50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1323 - 1506, n=9)
1354 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼94% -5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2346 Points ∼99%
Maze Alpha X
1700 Points ∼72% -28%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1822 Points ∼77% -22%
Huawei Honor 7X
1553 Points ∼66% -34%
Huawei Y7 2018
1258 Points ∼53% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (2251 - 2634, n=9)
2361 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼70% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
797 Points ∼67%
Maze Alpha X
598 Points ∼50% -25%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
721 Points ∼61% -10%
Huawei Honor 7X
338 Points ∼28% -58%
Huawei Y7 2018
255 Points ∼22% -68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (797 - 818, n=9)
813 Points ∼69% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
934 Points ∼82%
Maze Alpha X
699 Points ∼62% -25%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
833 Points ∼73% -11%
Huawei Honor 7X
409 Points ∼36% -56%
Huawei Y7 2018
310 Points ∼27% -67%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (934 - 962, n=9)
951 Points ∼84% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
2379 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
1725 Points ∼73% -27%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1802 Points ∼76% -24%
Huawei Honor 7X
1656 Points ∼70% -30%
Huawei Y7 2018
1280 Points ∼54% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1349 - 2626, n=9)
2266 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼65% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1313 Points ∼80%
Maze Alpha X
928 Points ∼57% -29%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1258 Points ∼77% -4%
Huawei Honor 7X
528 Points ∼32% -60%
Huawei Y7 2018
524 Points ∼32% -60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1313 - 1353, n=9)
1333 Points ∼82% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼100% +24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
1458 Points ∼99%
Maze Alpha X
1034 Points ∼70% -29%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
1348 Points ∼91% -8%
Huawei Honor 7X
622 Points ∼42% -57%
Huawei Y7 2018
603 Points ∼41% -59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1458 - 1493, n=9)
1477 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼94% -5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
17471 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
15189 Points ∼87% -13%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
12845 Points ∼74% -26%
Huawei Honor 7X
13372 Points ∼77% -23%
Huawei Y7 2018
9153 Points ∼52% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (16719 - 19365, n=9)
17286 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼74% -26%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
20909 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
13708 Points ∼66% -34%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
18449 Points ∼88% -12%
Huawei Honor 7X
10332 Points ∼49% -51%
Huawei Y7 2018
9713 Points ∼46% -54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (20610 - 20909, n=9)
20801 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼86% -14%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
20033 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
14012 Points ∼70% -30%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
16818 Points ∼84% -16%
Huawei Honor 7X
10882 Points ∼54% -46%
Huawei Y7 2018
9583 Points ∼48% -52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (19714 - 20404, n=9)
19905 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼75% -25%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
35 fps ∼98%
Maze Alpha X
24 fps ∼67% -31%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
30 fps ∼84% -14%
Huawei Honor 7X
19 fps ∼53% -46%
Huawei Y7 2018
16 fps ∼45% -54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (35 - 36, n=9)
35.7 fps ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼88% -10%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
35 fps ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
21 fps ∼60% -40%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
28 fps ∼80% -20%
Huawei Honor 7X
18 fps ∼51% -49%
Huawei Y7 2018
27 fps ∼77% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (33 - 40, n=9)
34.9 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼71% -29%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
16 fps ∼95%
Maze Alpha X
11 fps ∼65% -31%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
14 fps ∼83% -12%
Huawei Honor 7X
8 fps ∼48% -50%
Huawei Y7 2018
7.1 fps ∼42% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (16 - 16, n=9)
16 fps ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼100% +5%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
15 fps ∼94%
Maze Alpha X
9.5 fps ∼59% -37%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
13 fps ∼81% -13%
Huawei Honor 7X
7.9 fps ∼49% -47%
Huawei Y7 2018
14 fps ∼88% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (14 - 18, n=9)
15.2 fps ∼95% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼100% +7%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
9.8 fps ∼69%
Maze Alpha X
3.7 fps ∼26% -62%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
9.8 fps ∼69% 0%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.7 fps ∼33% -52%
Huawei Y7 2018
4.6 fps ∼32% -53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (9.8 - 10, n=9)
9.98 fps ∼70% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +46%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
10 fps ∼72%
Maze Alpha X
6 fps ∼43% -40%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
9.4 fps ∼68% -6%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.5 fps ∼32% -55%
Huawei Y7 2018
10 fps ∼72% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (9.1 - 12, n=9)
9.97 fps ∼72% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼100% +39%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
6.3 fps ∼64%
Maze Alpha X
4.1 fps ∼42% -35%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
5.6 fps ∼57% -11%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼29% -54%
Huawei Y7 2018
2.6 fps ∼26% -59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (6.3 - 6.3, n=9)
6.3 fps ∼64% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +57%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
6 fps ∼67%
Maze Alpha X
3.6 fps ∼40% -40%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
5.3 fps ∼60% -12%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼33% -52%
Huawei Y7 2018
5.4 fps ∼61% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (5.7 - 7.4, n=9)
6.11 fps ∼69% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +48%

Legend

 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Maze Alpha X Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G6 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Honor 7X HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y7 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The Note 5 performs better than our comparison devices in browser benchmarks too. Our test device even outperformed slightly more expensive devices. Complex HTML 5 websites like Google Interland are displayed fluidly, which is reflective of our real-world use. While the Note 5 is not as fast at loading websites as premium smartphones, it is sufficient for general web browsing.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (44.2 - 51.5, n=9)
45.4 Points ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
44.322 Points ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼81% -17%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
31.299 Points ∼69% -29%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Chrome 66)
27.971 Points ∼62% -37%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
27.463 Points ∼60% -38%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
17.86 Points ∼39% -60%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (8273 - 9746, n=9)
8744 Points ∼100% +4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
8422 Points ∼96%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼64% -34%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
5302 Points ∼61% -37%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Chrome 66)
5011 Points ∼57% -41%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
4990 Points ∼57% -41%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
3363 Points ∼38% -60%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
13541 ms * ∼100% -186%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼85% -142%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
10244 ms * ∼76% -116%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Chrome 66)
9796.9 ms * ∼72% -107%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
8684.3 ms * ∼64% -83%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
4740 ms * ∼35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4105 - 4820, n=9)
4630 ms * ∼34% +2%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Chrome 67)
158 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (147 - 184, n=7)
158 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
111 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Smartphone (91 - 362, n=284)
111 Points ∼70% -30%
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Chrome 66)
108 Points ∼68% -32%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
82 Points ∼52% -48%

* ... smaller is better

The Note 5 is on par with our comparison devices in terms of microSD card performance. We tested the Note 5 with our trusted Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference microSD card. The Note 5 is equipped with eMMC memory, which is faster than the average of devices that we tested with 32 GB of eMMC memory. eMMC memory is no match for faster UFS memory though. The Note 5 even struggles against the Moto G6 Plus, which is also equipped with eMMC memory.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5Maze Alpha XMotorola Moto G6 PlusHuawei Honor 7XHuawei Y7 2018Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
8%
64%
-0%
-19%
-16%
-21%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.4
73.99 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
19%
62.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
30.55
-51%
61.5
-1%
47.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=112)
-24%
45.6 (3.4 - 87.1, n=319)
-27%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.4
80.96 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
83.65 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
52.65
-37%
85
2%
66.4 (8.2 - 96.5, n=112)
-20%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=319)
-24%
Random Write 4KB
16.3
11.61
-29%
62.76
285%
20.24
24%
9.5
-42%
18.9 (0.75 - 77.3, n=151)
16%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
-1%
Random Read 4KB
48.9
70.27
44%
58.39
19%
81.4
66%
38.8
-21%
36.3 (3.59 - 117, n=151)
-26%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
-22%
Sequential Write 256KB
121.6
162.16
33%
216.09
78%
127.87
5%
71.5
-41%
95 (14.8 - 189, n=151)
-22%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-34%
Sequential Read 256KB
287.6
247.44
-14%
286.64
0%
265.31
-8%
256
-11%
230 (25.8 - 440, n=151)
-20%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-20%

Games

The Note 5 is suitable for relatively simple mobile games. 60 FPS gaming is possible in less demanding titles like “Shadow Fight 3”, but the Note 5 struggles when we tested it against more demanding titles. “Arena of Valor”, for example, only averaged 31 FPS, while “PUBG Mobile” averaged 25 FPS. This is still high enough for stable gaming though. We would recommend looking at more expensive devices if you want to plan the most cutting-edge mobile games at 60 FPS as the Note 5 is not powerful enough for that. The Note 5 is perfectly suited for games like “Shadow Fight 3” and “Angry Birds 2” though.

The positional sensor and touchscreen also worked well throughout our tests.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Shadow Fight 3
Shadow Fight 3
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min31 fps
 high HD31 fps
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Shadow Fight 3
 SettingsValue
 high58 fps
 minimal59 fps
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PUBG Mobile
 SettingsValue
 Smooth25 fps
 Balanced25 fps
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Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The Note 5 is a relatively cool device at idle, with both sides averaging below 30 °C (~86 °F). Maximum temperatures at idle are also below 30 °C (~86 °F), demonstrating the degree of surface temperature uniformity across the whole device. Surface temperatures ramp up under load though, with our test device averaging 36.2 °C (~97 °F). The front of the device gets slightly hotter than the rear, with the top centre and right of the device reaching 38.4 °C (~101 °F) under load, with the corresponding areas on the rear reaching a more moderate 36.8 °C (~98 °F). The increase in surface temperatures is noticeable, but the device is still comfortable to hold. Our test device cooled quickly after prolonged use on hot days too, so you should have no problems putting the device in your pockets in such a scenario.

Our test device did not throttle in GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 battery test, with framerates remaining stable even after around thirty passes.

Max. Load
 38.4 °C
101 F
35.3 °C
96 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 38.4 °C
101 F
35.5 °C
96 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
 37.8 °C
100 F
34.9 °C
95 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
36.2 °C
97 F
36.8 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
36.4 °C
98 F
36.8 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
35.8 °C
96 F
36.6 °C
98 F
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.8 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap of the rear of the device under load
Heatmap of the rear of the device under load
Heatmap of the front of the device under load
Heatmap of the front of the device under load

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The Note 5 has a single speaker on the underside of the device, the maximum volume of which we measured at 76.9 dB(A). This is not particularly loud, but the sound quality is fine. High tones are rather overbearing at maximum volume, but the speaker sings when the volume is turned down slightly. The speaker struggles with reproducing deep mid-tones, while we struggled to pick out individual instruments too. Overall though, the Note 5 has an impressive speaker for its price, albeit with a few caveats.

The Note 5 is equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0. There are currently only a few headphones and speakers that take advantage of Bluetooth 5.0, but fortunately, the new standard is backwards compatible with all previous Bluetooth standards. The sound quality is good for both outputs. The Note 5 has an inbuilt equalizer to tweak the sound over headphones too, but you will need Xiaomi branded headphones to enable this feature.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.6412538.433.13134.225.94037.324.35030306326.628.38023.220.810021.220.81252120.616016.330.520016.643.325015.84631513.548.840012.255.95001260.563011.76480010.565.210009.665.312509.564.81600964.120008.56525008.566.731508.36740008.26750008.165.863008.164.780008.161.1100008.255125008.350.2160008.234SPL60.165.451.721.959.976.9N13.419.17.10.31238.5median 9.5median 61.1Delta2.810.836.23633.633.231.429.931.432.331.431.530.831.428.329.728.128.827.427.92627.725.731.624.939.12445.323.949.823.75422.557.322.458.121.959.721.66821.371.421.168.921.170.320.871.620.878.720.776.320.866.320.764.720.570.520.665.520.753.533.683.8249.9median 21.6median 59.72.211.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi Note 5Huawei Honor 7X
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei Honor 7X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 93% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 95% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Note 5 is a relatively inefficient device, with the big display, high screen brightness and the modern but powerful SoC all taking their toll on power consumption.

The Note 5 is relatively efficient when off and on standby, with our test device consuming 0.06 W and 0.2 W respectively. The Note 5 consumes more power than our comparison devices when the display is on though. The Note 5 is anywhere between 12% and 38% less efficient than our comparison devices overall. This is particularly true at maximum load, where our test device consumes 8.2 W. This is not only significantly higher than our comparison devices, but it is also 19% higher than the average of Snapdragon 636 powered devices that we have currently tested.

It is no surprise then that Xiaomi has incorporated aggressive background app management to keep power consumption under control. This degree of aggressiveness can lead to problems that need to run in the background though. We had to tweak the settings for Runtastic to work properly, for example.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.06 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 2.6 / 2.9 Watt
Load midlight 5 / 8.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4000 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
3200 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
21%
38%
12%
19%
8%
25%
Idle Minimum *
1
0.9
10%
0.5
50%
1.02
-2%
0.9
10%
0.981 (0.6 - 1.75, n=9)
2%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=637)
12%
Idle Average *
2.6
2.14
18%
1.78
32%
2.46
5%
1.9
27%
2.28 (1.4 - 4.48, n=9)
12%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=636)
34%
Idle Maximum *
2.9
2.18
25%
1.81
38%
2.51
13%
2.3
21%
2.66 (2 - 4.5, n=9)
8%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=637)
31%
Load Average *
5
3.96
21%
3.3
34%
4.16
17%
4.7
6%
4.58 (3.65 - 7.92, n=9)
8%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=631)
19%
Load Maximum *
8.2
5.81
29%
5.14
37%
5.87
28%
5.7
30%
7.47 (5.1 - 13.6, n=9)
9%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=631)
30%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Note 5 has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which helps our test device score impressive runtimes in our battery life tests despite the relatively high power consumption. Our test device lasted fourteen hours and thirty-two minutes in our Wi-Fi battery life test, during which we run a script that simulates the load required to render websites. This runtime is considerably longer than our comparison devices, thanks to the Note 5’s additional battery capacity. Our test device lasted thirty hours at idle, which indicates that the Note 5 should last for two working days with moderate use and even longer if you use infrequently use smartphones. Conversely, the Note 5 should last a full day if you use the device a lot, with our test device lasting four hours and eighteen minutes in our continuous stress test.

Xiaomi provides a 10-W quick charger in the box, which fully recharges the Note 5 in under two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
30h 24min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 32min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 18min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4000 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
3200 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-16%
-0%
-29%
-21%
Reader / Idle
1824
1624
-11%
1846
1%
1111
-39%
1305
-28%
H.264
902
542
-40%
687
-24%
WiFi v1.3
872
603
-31%
702
-19%
664
-24%
624
-28%
Load
258
240
-7%
404
57%
199
-23%
245
-5%

Pros

+ plenty of CPU and GPU power for the money
+ good call quality
+ long battery life
+ bright and high contrast display
+ Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11 ac WiFi
+ reasonable surface temperatures under load
+ current version of Android
+ no throttling

Cons

- relatively high power consumption
- strong blue tint to the display
- the microphone is frequently too sensitive
- the OS is sometimes restrictive for apps

Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.

The Redmi Note 5 is the epitome of Xiaomi’s ethos of releasing affordable but high-performance devices and demonstrates why many are longing for a European wide launch of their devices. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an affordable smartphone that has plenty of power, good battery life, fast 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and a bright and high-contrast display for under €240 (~$277). The Note 5 has a good speaker too, while call quality is decent and the Quick Charge support is handy. The modern SoC gives the Note 5 relatively fast LTE speeds, Bluetooth 5.0 and should future proof it for the foreseeable future.

There are some drawbacks though. The color temperature and a blue tint to the display are not great, and neither is the relatively high power consumption despite the impressive battery life. MIUI employs aggressive app management to its detriment too. This can lead to problems with apps that need to run in the background, but it does help to reduce power consumption and lengthen the battery life. The camera is the only area where the Note 5 is clearly a mid-range device, but photos are adequate overall. Surface temperatures are ok too, albeit they could be better under load.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is great value for money. The device has excellent performance for its price while delivering a bright display among other highlights.

The Note 5 has outstanding performance for its price and often even outperforms more expensive competitors. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 receives a recommendation from us for this reason alone, despite its minor drawbacks.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - 06/25/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 74%
Weight
90%
Battery
97%
Display
85%
Games Performance
45 / 63 → 71%
Application Performance
56 / 70 → 80%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Camera
75%
Average
77%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-06-27 (Update: 2018-07- 1)